Woman Accused of Posing as Boston Marathon Bombing Victim, Collecting 480K
BOSTON - Massachusetts authorities have arrested a 26-year-old woman for allegedly collecting nearly half a a million dollars from the fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims after she fraudulently claimed that she suffered brain injuries resulting from the April 15 attacks.
Audrea Gause was arrested Friday in her hometown of Troy, N.Y. on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant charging her with larceny. Attorney General Martha Coakley says that Gause submitted a claim to the victims' fund, including medical records from hospitals in Boston and New York showing that she had been treated for a traumatic brain injury suffered in the bombings. She subsequently received a check for $480,000.
The Attorney General says that police were tipped off last week that Gause may not have been in Boston on the day of the marathon.